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Gators earn their 2nd straight win, stop La Salle 82-69

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida showed it could make up for an off shooting night with some inside scoring production on Wednesday night against La Salle.

Kevarrius Hayes scored seven of his 12 points during a key 11-0 second half run as the Gators pulled away to beat La Salle 82-69.

Florida (2-1) shot just 23.1 percent (3-13) from 3-point range, but made up for it by outscoring La Salle 46-32 in the paint. Hayes went 5 for 5 from the floor, while Isaiah Stokes added nine points off the bench.

''Hopefully we'll have the carry over in terms of the confidence from our frontcourt guys,'' Florida coach Mike White said.

After La Salle guard Traci Carter cut Florida's lead to 42-35 early in the second half with a 3-pointer, the Gators answered with 11 straight points. Hayes, who played just five minutes in the first half after picking up two early fouls, scored seven of the Gators' 11 points during the run on three inside baskets.

''We were so much better with him on the floor tonight,'' White said. ''He scored it at a really high rate. He hit some big baskets in the second half.''

Keyotnae Johnson finished the run with a dunk in a transition, putting Florida up 53-35 with 13:40 remaining. From there Florida pulled away, leading by as many as 24 points in the second half.

''We were playing together, being unselfish,'' Hayes said. ''If guys were getting an open shot, they would take it. But if they see something better, they'll pass it. I thought we did pretty good in transition so we didn't need to shoot as many outside shots.''

Hayes reached double figures in scoring for the first time since scoring 10 points on Jan. 6, 2018 at Missouri.

''He cares as much about winning as anyone on our team,'' White said. ''He's prepared and as competitive in practice as anyone on our team every day. So for him to have a good game individually, it's nice to see.''

Jalen Hudson scored a team-high 15 points for Florida, while Johnson had 12. Andrew Nembhard, playing through a strained hip flexor, had 4 points and 7 assists and has posted an assist-to-turnover ratio of 13 to 2 over his last two games.

''He showed a lot of toughness tonight,'' White said. �

Florida made nine of its first 14 shots to build an early 19-11 lead. The Gators extended it to as many as 12 points in the first half before taking a 40-32 lead into halftime.

Senior guard Pookie Powell led La Salle (0-3) with 21 points. The Explorers were playing their first game against Florida since Dec. 18, 1989, a game La Salle won 76-69 behind 33 points from former All-American Lionel Simmons.

BIG PICTURE

Florida: The Gators have regrouped with back to back wins after a season-opening loss at No. 14 Florida �State.

La Salle : The Explorers suffered their worst loss of the season after losing their first two games by a combined nine points. �

UP NEXT

Florida gets a week off before opening the ''Battle 4 Atlantis'' tournament against Oklahoma in the Bahamas on Wednesday at noon.

La Salle will return home to face city rival Drexel on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Key Players
P. Powell
0 G
A. Nembhard
2 G
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
9.5 Pts. Per Game 9.5
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
44.2 Field Goal % 38.1
31.6 Three Point % 42.9
89.5 Free Throw % 80.0
  Lost ball turnover on Mak Krause, stolen by Jared Kimbrough 0.0
+ 3 Isiah Deas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by David Beatty 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Jared Kimbrough 14.0
  Andrew Fava missed 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
+ 2 Miles Brookins made dunk 26.0
  Offensive rebound by Miles Brookins 31.0
  Isiah Deas missed jump shot 33.0
+ 1 Andrew Fava made 2nd of 2 free throws 42.0
  Andrew Fava missed 1st of 2 free throws 42.0
  Personal foul on Jamir Moultrie 42.0
+ 3 Isiah Deas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by David Beatty 47.0
Team Stats
Points 69 82
Field Goals 25-53 (47.2%) 30-54 (55.6%)
3-Pointers 8-24 (33.3%) 3-13 (23.1%)
Free Throws 11-18 (61.1%) 19-26 (73.1%)
Total Rebounds 28 30
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 18 17
Team 2 6
Assists 10 14
Steals 9 9
Blocks 1 1
Turnovers 17 12
Fouls 22 15
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
15 PTS, 3 REB
12T
away team logo La Salle 0-3 323769
home team logo Florida 2-1 404282
Team Stats
away team logo La Salle 0-3 67.5 PPG 37.7 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo Florida 2-1 67.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 12.1 APG
Key Players
0
P. Powell G 15.0 PPG 3.7 RPG 2.7 APG 39.7 FG%
3
J. Hudson G 9.3 PPG 2.9 RPG 0.9 APG 35.5 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Powell G 21 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
J. Hudson G 15 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
47.2 FG% 55.6
33.3 3PT FG% 23.1
61.1 FT% 73.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Powell 21 2 2 7/14 2/7 5/6 1 30 3 1 3 0 2
D. Beatty 13 1 2 5/8 3/5 0/0 1 27 1 0 4 0 1
T. Carter 5 2 3 2/7 1/4 0/0 4 23 2 0 1 1 1
M. Brookins 5 4 0 2/3 0/1 1/1 4 18 0 0 2 2 2
J. Kimbrough 5 8 2 2/4 0/0 1/6 3 33 2 0 1 3 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Powell 21 2 2 7/14 2/7 5/6 1 30 3 1 3 0 2
D. Beatty 13 1 2 5/8 3/5 0/0 1 27 1 0 4 0 1
T. Carter 5 2 3 2/7 1/4 0/0 4 23 2 0 1 1 1
M. Brookins 5 4 0 2/3 0/1 1/1 4 18 0 0 2 2 2
J. Kimbrough 5 8 2 2/4 0/0 1/6 3 33 2 0 1 3 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Deas 10 1 0 4/11 2/5 0/0 2 24 0 0 5 0 1
E. Croswell 5 4 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 5 17 0 0 1 2 2
J. Moultrie 3 1 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 2 12 0 0 0 0 1
C. Mosely 2 3 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 16 1 0 0 0 3
S. Spencer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Phiri - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Sullivan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brower - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Lafond - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 26 10 25/53 8/24 11/18 22 200 9 1 17 8 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hudson 15 3 0 6/12 2/5 1/2 0 25 1 0 1 2 1
K. Hayes 12 6 0 5/5 0/0 2/4 3 16 0 1 0 2 4
K. Allen 8 2 1 0/3 0/3 8/8 1 27 1 0 1 0 2
K. Stone 4 1 1 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 13 1 0 1 0 1
A. Nembhard 4 1 7 2/6 0/0 0/0 0 26 3 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hudson 15 3 0 6/12 2/5 1/2 0 25 1 0 1 2 1
K. Hayes 12 6 0 5/5 0/0 2/4 3 16 0 1 0 2 4
K. Allen 8 2 1 0/3 0/3 8/8 1 27 1 0 1 0 2
K. Stone 4 1 1 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 13 1 0 1 0 1
A. Nembhard 4 1 7 2/6 0/0 0/0 0 26 3 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Johnson 12 3 2 5/7 0/1 2/2 2 21 1 0 0 0 3
I. Stokes 9 1 2 3/5 0/0 3/3 2 16 0 0 2 0 1
D. Ballard 6 2 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 15 1 0 0 1 1
C. Johnson 6 3 0 3/4 0/0 0/1 1 6 0 0 0 2 1
N. Locke 3 0 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 0 0
M. Okauru 2 2 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 13 1 0 3 0 2
A. Fava 1 0 0 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
D. Bassett 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
M. Krause 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
G. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 24 14 30/54 3/13 19/26 15 200 9 1 12 7 17